Panichi leads as championship swings into its 2nd half Dream Car Team rider Roberto Panichi heads for the fifth round of the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2003, this coming weekend during the motorcycling's Catalunya Grand Prix, with a ten-point lead ...
Panichi leads as championship swings into its 2nd half
Dream Car Team rider Roberto Panichi heads for the fifth round of the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2003, this coming weekend during the motorcycling's Catalunya Grand Prix, with a ten-point lead over Motorrad Senger Racing Team rider Andy Hofmann. The Italian ex- Superbike rider secured a fine win last weekend in Mugello to claim his second consecutive victory in the Tuscan hills ahead of Andy Hofmann and Sébastien Legrelle (BMW Motorrad Belgium/Herpigny Motor), and hopes to improve his Catalunya record after failing to finish last year's race. In order to do so, he will need to fend off the BoxerCup's major contenders, among which Hofmann, Belgium's Sébastien Legrelle, and indeed some Spanish riders such as Fernando Cristobal (Auto Sport Busquets), unlucky so far this season but certainly motivated to perform well in front of his home crowd. VIP riders in Catalunya will include ex-250cc Grand Prix rider Jürgen Fuchs, multiple world champion Jorge "Aspar" Martinez, and the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup ambassador Randy Mamola, four times vice-world champion in the 500cc Grand Prix class.
"For the newcomers Montmelo should be easier to apprehend than Mugello", expects Jorge Martinez, who was involved in a major battle for seventh position last weekend in Mugello, the Ferrari-owned Italian racetrack. "You can carry extra speed in the corners, it is more flowing and requires less lean angle, while Mugello is very technical," explains the Spaniard, who nowadays manages the Team Repsol Telefonica Movistar and fields Fonsi Nieto and Toni Elias in the 250cc Grand Prix class.
Also competing in the Spanish event alongside other guest riders Jürgen Fuchs and Joan Manel Garcia del Pino, Californian Randy Mamola should easily get the Spanish crowds cheering. "I live in Barcelona now and I guess this feels like my home race," said the ex-500cc Grand prix star, still very much involved in the motorcycling business.